The Golden Platform

A FOCUS ON THE FORCES CHANGING OUR WORLD

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pretty4ugly:

elcomfortador:

A series of a surreal, dystopic commercials that the director of  Koyaanisqatsi directed for the New Mexico Civil Liberties Union back in the 70s.

Via Dangerous Minds.

WOW, take 5 minutes to watch this! Eerie, sometimes frightening, with a terrific score throughout.

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atane:

The above are the first 3 responses to Dr. Redmond’s spot on tweet. This is the boorish behavior that Black people have to deal with from white people for merely speaking out against white supremacy. The harassment from white people towards Black people is constant and virulent. If you’re a Black person speaking out against white supremacy, white people will attack you or at the very least, they will have a major problem with you. They will attack you more than a “good” white person saying the exact same thing. Tim Wise does not put up with an inkling of the abuse Black people endure and he isn’t saying anything new. Discourse about white supremacy from a white mouth is more palatable to the white masses than from the mouths of those victimized by white supremacy.

Ironically, the “good” white people become like the rest of their white brethren when they attempt to separate themselves by saying “not all white people”. They too become a nuisance that everlastingly badgers. They are largely silent about injustice, inequity and marginalization at the hands of white supremacy. However, the minute the marginalized speak out against their abusers, they are quick to lend a voice in defense of the abusers. It’s because even when white people are clearly abusers, other white people still see their humanity. In the face of this abuse, merely pointing out that the perpetrators of the abuse are white angers white people. The abuse itself doesn’t elicit the same level of anger from them.

Another problem are these alleged white liberals. Truth be told, I get more harassment from white liberals than from anyone else. White conservatives don’t hide their disdain for Blackness. For them, it’s a badge of honor. We know where they stand. White liberals in contrast tend to be silent, but will speak up to center themselves in a crisis or will be apologetic towards white abusers, instead of condemning them. Many will not acknowledge that white supremacy even exists. If they do acknowledge a problem, they will wrap it up in empty platitudes about everyone needing to get along, how they don’t see race, how we’re all human, how they have Black friends or whatever post-racial nonsense they ascribe to, as if that addresses white supremacy. They believe that the problem “goes both ways”.

If the above isn’t you as a white person, do not take this as your cue to respond with “not all white people”. As the saying goes, the hit dog will holler. If something does not apply to you, then why are you hollering? Did I hit you? Maybe I did. The only thing many white people can bring themselves to say in response to Black suffering and white supremacy is “not all white people” or "this is reverse racism" or their favorite chopped up MLK Jr. quote “hate cannot drive out hate”. The response from white people is never a unanimous “the system of white supremacy is a scourge that must end and we must fight to end it”. It is never that.

Whiteness will always justify the extermination of Blackness. Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson by officer Darren Wilson and the Ferguson police in turn releases video stills of what they claim to be Brown being an alleged criminal days after his murder. This was completely unrelated to his murder, but there is always a reason for dead Black bodies when whiteness governs. So why did they release these stills if the Ferguson police themselves have admitted that it is completely unrelated to Brown’s murder at the hands of officer Darren Wilson? They did it to smear his image. This is a tactic of white supremacy. It always smears the image of a Black victim.

When Black people are victimized and dehumanized, they still aren’t quite human in the eyes of many white people. At least not on the level of white humanity. It’s why a white terrorist like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can be put on the cover of Rolling Stone, like he’s a heartthrob in a boy band, and be described as “popular and promising”, while unarmed Black people murdered by white people are criminalized in death. Their image gets smeared because full victimhood is relegated to whiteness. Innocence and chasteness will be awarded to a white murderer before a Black murder victim.

I don’t argue or engage with white people on this subject anymore. This Malcolm X quote is forever relevant. I’ll respond or say my piece if need be, but I won’t debate a white person about Black humanity. My response to “good” white folks will always be “go and get your people”. That’s all I have to say to them. Truly good white people don’t need to be told that. They know. Word to John Brown.

(via mochente)

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thoughtsofablackgirl:

Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was arrested on Monday during unrest in Ferguson Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest “for failing to disperse.” 8 others were also arrested.
"I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety," Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re ninety.” Epstein is currently an activist and a vocal supporter of the Free Gaza Movement. 

thoughtsofablackgirl:

Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was arrested on Monday during unrest in Ferguson Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest “for failing to disperse.” 8 others were also arrested.

"I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety," Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re ninety.” Epstein is currently an activist and a vocal supporter of the Free Gaza Movement. 

(via mochente)

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the-goddamazon:

smidgetz:

nigerianroyal:

theracismrepellent:

breadheadz:

Dear White America: Wilson had ZERO reason to murder Mike

Spread this like wildfire~Tae

There was never a justifiable reason to shoot Mike Brown in the first place.

Even if he did commit a robbery there was no reason to murder Mike Brown. None.

Exactly. Cops are not judge, jury, and executioner. Even if Mike Brown had committed a crime, he had the right to due process.
And it’s rumored the officer is the mayor’s nephew and that’s why he hasn’t been charged yet.

the-goddamazon:

smidgetz:

nigerianroyal:

theracismrepellent:

breadheadz:

Dear White America: Wilson had ZERO reason to murder Mike

Spread this like wildfire

~Tae

There was never a justifiable reason to shoot Mike Brown in the first place.

Even if he did commit a robbery there was no reason to murder Mike Brown. None.

Exactly. Cops are not judge, jury, and executioner. Even if Mike Brown had committed a crime, he had the right to due process.

And it’s rumored the officer is the mayor’s nephew and that’s why he hasn’t been charged yet.

(via mochente)

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systematicgenocide:

Ex-Israeli soldier speaks out… what he says will change everything you think you know about Israel

The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talk about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism.

Eran Efrati, 28, was born and raised in Jerusalem. After graduating high school he enlisted in the IDF, where he served as a combat soldier and company sergeant in Battalion 50 of the Nachal Division. He spent most of his service in Hebron and throughout the West Bank. In 2009, he was discharged and joined Breaking the Silence, an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers working to raise awareness about the daily reality in the Occupied Territories.

He worked as the chief investigator of the organization, collecting testimonies from IDF soldiers about their activities. He also guided political tours and to the West Bank and worked to educate Israeli youth about the reality of being a soldier in an occupying army. His collected testimonies appear in the booklet “Operation Cast Lead” and their most recent release “Our Harsh Logic”. Since leaving Breaking the Silence, his investigative reports appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian. Today he is active with the Israeli groups Anarchists Against the Wall and Boycott from Within.

Key points from this lecture

  1. There is a heavy indoctrination in Israel, from an early age in schools, which uses the holocaust to create paranoia and fear against ‘the enemy’
  2. Israeli soldiers are trained intensively for a war, whilst their actual military duties are to subdue and control Palestinians
  3. Israeli soldiers routinely humiliate, intimidate, arrest, beat and kill civilian Palestinians to ‘protect’ illegal Jewish settlers in occupied territories
  4. Many Israeli soldiers are aware what they are doing is wrong, but have no way out and feel pressured to continue
  5. Palestinians who require medical attention, have to go through military checkpoints – to do this they require permits
    • They give these permits to lawyers of ‘Doctors without borders’ and then prevent them from going to the West Bank – meaning Palestinians do not receive permits
    • Israel uses a clever process to cover itself legally to the world
  6. During Operation Cast Lead, Israeli soldiers were traumatised and confused the atrocities they saw in Gaza
    • Israel would bomb civilian areas to clear the way for Israeli ground forces, use tank shells, air-strikes and illegal white phosphorus
  7. When wanting to speak out, via the ‘Breaking the Silence Campaign‘ the Haaretz newspaper refused to publish soldier testimonies after pressure by IDF Spokesman
    • Breaking the Silence campaign itself was censored by the IDF Spokesman
    • All media in Israel has to go through the IDF censorship
  8. The Israeli government and military make a lot of money by selling its weapons to other repressive regimes around the world,
  9. Israel tries and tests its weapons on Palestinians – ‘this is not (just) an occupation’ this is a laboratory for Israeli military weapons
  10. Israel uses undercover units in the occupied territories to start riots, and then justify the use of weapons against Palestinian protesters
  11. All police departments in the US are trained by the Israeli military and are taught the same brutal tactics used against Palestinians
  12. US police departments have already used such tactics in suppressing protests in the US, such as the Occupy movement
  13. Hit Israel where it hurts the most, boycott Israel

“Everybody knows, the apartheid regime will stop. The question is how fast, and how many people are going to die… until it will happen?”

(via amodernmanifesto)

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rtamerica:

US Marine prosecuted for urinating on Afghan corpses found dead
A Marine who was prosecuted for a 2011 video that depicted he and other Marines urinating on corpses of Taliban members was found dead on Wednesday. His death did not appear to be a suicide, his lawyer told Marine Corps Times.
Retired Cpl. Robert Richards, 28, died at his home in Jacksonville, North Carolina,  according to Guy Womack, Richards’ attorney. Richards was deployed to Afghanistan three times. He was badly wounded in one of those tours, as an improvised explosive device injured his legs and throat. 

rtamerica:

US Marine prosecuted for urinating on Afghan corpses found dead

A Marine who was prosecuted for a 2011 video that depicted he and other Marines urinating on corpses of Taliban members was found dead on Wednesday. His death did not appear to be a suicide, his lawyer told Marine Corps Times.

Retired Cpl. Robert Richards, 28, died at his home in Jacksonville, North Carolina, according to Guy Womack, Richards’ attorney. Richards was deployed to Afghanistan three times. He was badly wounded in one of those tours, as an improvised explosive device injured his legs and throat. 

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curlycrown:

This is sick!! all over people are dying at the hands of government… Only We COLLECTIVELY CAN STOP THIS!!! #regram @anti_israel_free_palestine 😔 #gaza #gazaunderattack #children #childkillers #childabuse #israel #israeli #israhell #idf #donkeyforce #cowards #murderers #zionists #zionism #racists #racism #boycott #boycottisrael #boycottforever #freegaza #freepalestine #palestine #supporthamas #hamas #resistance #existance #obama #puppet

curlycrown:

This is sick!! all over people are dying at the hands of government… Only We COLLECTIVELY CAN STOP THIS!!! #regram @anti_israel_free_palestine
😔 #gaza #gazaunderattack #children #childkillers #childabuse #israel #israeli #israhell #idf #donkeyforce #cowards #murderers #zionists #zionism #racists #racism #boycott #boycottisrael #boycottforever #freegaza #freepalestine #palestine #supporthamas #hamas #resistance #existance #obama #puppet

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This Mountain Dew Tastes Like Urine

sonofbaldwin:

This Mountain Dew tastes like urine.

The Ferguson Police Department says that Bryan Willman isn’t the shooter, Darren Wilson is.

I have questions.

The only Darren Wilson I know about is a black cop in St. Louis who is attempting to dismantle racism in the police force there.

Why would he, then, turn around and murder a black kid in cold blood as has been described by several witnesses?

Are they throwing him under the bus because he’s a troublemaker on the force? Is this them trying, literally, to kill two mockingbirds with one stone?

But why would Wilson co-sign?

Unless this is a different Darren Wilson.

I’m not saying that a black police officer isn’t JUST as capable of being a tool of the White Supremacist State as a white officer. I’m just saying that THIS particular black officer, if it’s the same Darren Wilson, seems to be relatively conscious about such matters. Why would he 180?

Something else that isn’t explained:

The conversation on Bryan Willman’s Facebook page—where he is clearly trying to hide himself and his identity from the public after the shooting, getting advice from his friends on how to do so, and who deleted his page after being named by Anonymous.

Why would a cop with nothing to hide, who didn’t pull the trigger, have to do all of that?

Also, some more cop bullshit about “He fit the description.”

A convenience store is supposedly robbed and you see a black kid and in your mind, 1+1 = 3?

FOH.

I have more questions than answers.

And I detect a conspiracy.

I won’t believe a word of this unless it’s corroborated by the two black witnesses we’ve heard from.

(via thepeoplesrecord)

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